Programming Solutions promote operational flexibility.

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Plugged into standard wall outlet, portable FLX500 picks devices from tray media, places them in sockets for programming, and returns programmed devices to output trays. Automated programming solution features self-contained air supply and language-independent, touch screen interface. After devices are mounted on PCB, ImageWriter in-system programming solution can program final application code or localized content into device.

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Data I/O's FLX500 and Image Writer Programming Solutions Featured in the EASi Line at ATExpo 2006

REDMOND, WA. - September 14, 2006 - The new Data I/O® (Nasdaq:DAIO) FLX500 portable automated programming system, and the ImageWriter In-System programming solution, will showcase device programming flexibility at the Assembly Tech Expo exhibit in Chicago, September 26-29, 2006. Visitors to the Electronic Assembly Suppliers' Initiative (EASi) Line will see the FLX500 first in a sequence of steps in the fully functioning manufacturing line. The line will incorporate sample equipment from the areas of material handling and transport, stencil printing, component pick and place, selective solder, reflow soldering, x-ray inspection, robotic point to point soldering, rework, depaneling, packaging, laser marking, microcontroller programming and more.

The patents-pending FLX500 technology enables the first 'plug and program' automated programming solution available. The touch screen user interface is language independent, eliminating operator training and the typical operator mistakes. It can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. The self-contained air supply eliminates the need for an external air system The system picks devices from tray media, places them in sockets for programming, and returns programmed devices to output trays.

After devices are mounted on the PCB, Data I/O's ImageWriter, an in-system programming
solution specifically designed for the manufacturing line, can program final application code or localized content into the device. This combination of programming methods provides ultimate flexibility for OEM and EMS manufacturers facing challenges in managing ever-changing program code in production.

The Electronic Assembly Suppliers' Initiative (EASi) Line is coordinated by Electronics Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. "The EASi Line gives event visitors an opportunity to tour a fully functioning, state of the art production line," said Rick James of Electronics Manufacturing Solutions. "This year the scrolling message board we build on the line is a unique souvenir from the show. In addition, visitors will be able to visit one of 5 participating EasiLine member booths to re-program a custom message into the microcontroller on the board, giving them a fun way to try ImageWriter programming hands-on." The ImageWriter re-programming stations are sponsored by Data I/O, and demonstrate how a Visual Basic application can communicate directly with the ImageWriter in-system programmer, whether on a desktop or integrated into a production test fixture.

The EASi Line exhibit is located in Hall G - Electronic Assembly Pavilion, at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Data I/O booth 5700 is located directly adjacent to the EASi Line.

About Data I/O
With more than 34 years of innovative leadership in device programming solutions, Data I/O Corporation® (NASDAQ:DAIO) provides manual and automated device programming systems that specifically address the requirements of engineering and manufacturing operations. FlashCORE(TM) is the architecture behind a family of Flash programmers that deliver the highest throughput and the lowest cost per programmed device. The MultiSyte and UniSite families provide universal support and versatility to address a wide variety of programming needs. The company's newest products are the ImageWriter line of In-System Programming products, and the new FLX500 automated desktop device programming system. Data I/O provides solutions beyond products, including a unique Applications Services offering and global service and support capability. Data I/O Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. More information is available at or call 800-426-1045.

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